A raccoon invaded the Mets’ weight room on Sunday

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Sunday went well for the Mets: Jacob deGrom tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings, they ended Zack Greinke’s scoreless innings streak, and Juan Uribe hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning. It didn’t exactly get off on the right foot, as there was an intruder in the Mets’ clubhouse weight room. ESPN’s Adam Rubin has the details:

The intruder — a baby raccoon, according to reliever Bobby Parnell — was docile and cooperative and willingly entered a cage.

With Mr. Met, there wasn’t any need to adopt a new mascot, though that certainly would have made for a good narrative.

The Nationals lost on Sunday, so the Mets picked up a game in the NL East, trailing by only two games.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.